Urban Garden.13

So these potted plants sit on the balcony off the room where I meditate and do my workouts / yoga. The way these flowers suddenly appear on them is really a bit different from what I’m used to from the climate zones where I grew up, in which one has buds for a long time and eagerly waits for them to open – particularly, say, in the case of the spring bulbs like tulips or daffodils, eh? Here, one day I suddenly notice a new spike, and the next day voila, there’s a flower. The more unfolded flower-stalk here was featured previously in https://somuchworldsolittletime.wordpress.com/2020/05/27/urban-garden-6/ , and this week I noticed the second stalk, so thought I’d share with you its evolution.

By the way, online research tells me this is a variety of heliconia, which is not the flower commonly known as Bird of Paradise — for that one, do a quick search for Strelitzia. I once inherited a potted bird-of-paradise plant and, with careful application of the right fertilizers, encouraged it to bloom on a balcony in Brooklyn, long ago and far away :-). (Unlike my British friends, I cannot refer to plants in containers as pot plants. We in the US understand pot plants to be something quite entirely different from these lovely but not … pharmacopially useful? … heliconia.)

2 responses

  1. So this raises the interesting question of how one might, in Britain, refer to the plants you’re calling pharmacopially useful. It also raises the potential for interesting misunderstandings.

    June 16, 2020 at 04:12

  2. Tracey Tsugawa

    Fascinating and beautiful Paul! It is hard to believe they are NOT related to the Bird of Paradise flower because they are so similar in shape but not surprising that they are call false Bird of Paradise. 🙂

    June 17, 2020 at 14:00

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